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|Jury lacks drainage money|
The Ouachita Parish Police Jury has a minimum of $85 million in drainage projects it needs to tackle and it does not have nearly enough money to pay for the work.
Police jurors reviewed parish-wide flood control projects with parish engineer Tom Holtzclaw Tuesday during their regular meeting. Several weeks ago, the Police Jury asked Holtzclaw to update the list of projects to improve drainage and flooding issues throughout the parish.
Tuesday night, Holtzclaw presented the Police Jury with a list of projects that were last updated in 2005. In all, there are 60 projects on the list dating to 2005 with a price tag totaling some $85 million to complete them.
Construction costs today could push that figure up to $110 million, according to Holtzclaw.
"Every year that goes by, we are able to get some projects funded through whatever means that we can, but those are really just drops in the buckets to the total projects we've identified in Ouachita Parish," Holtzclaw said. "And every year that goes by, the cost for these projects is increasing."
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